Best Spots to See Late Blooming Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Where to see cherry blossoms in Japan from mid-April if you miss out the peak time
Due to the cold weather, the peak season for cherry blossoms’ blooming usually arrives to Hokkaido a month later than in Tokyo, which is late April to early May. Hakodate Fort Goryokaku is one of the best spots in Hokkaido to enjoy cherry blossoms!
Same as Hokkaido, because the temperature is in low in Tohoku area so the cherry blossoms bloom 2–3 weeks later than in Tokyo, which is from mid to late April. Here are two most recommended cherry blossom viewing spots in Tohoku area.
While the majority of cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo features Somei Yoshino, there are several types of cherry blossoms that start flourishing 1–2 weeks later than them.
Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the most popular places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, and the amazing thing about Shinjuku Gyoen is that there are a wide variety of cherry blossoms, and some of them can be enjoyed till mid to late April.
-Showa Memorial Park
Showa Memorial Park is home to 30 kinds of Cherry trees, and some of them are late blooming comparing to regular cherry trees. Some of cherry trees at the park start flourishing from early and can be enjoyed till mid April.
Kyoto & Osaka
Kyoto and Osaka have similar blooming period as Tokyo (or slightly late) which usually is usually from late March to early April. But some types of cherry trees can be enjoyed till mid April.
Ninnaji Temple is home to over 200 Omuro Cherry trees which can be enjoyed in early to mid April usually.
-Osaka Mint Bureau
The Osaka Mint Bureau is one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Osaka featuring mainly Yae Zakura which peak season is usually mid April.
Access: 15 mins walk from Temmabashi station (Tanimachi Subway and Keihan Main Line)
It’s different type of cherry blossoms, but as spectacular as them. Shibazakura (pink moss in English) start blooming from mid April and can be enjoyed till mid May. There are two spectacular Pink Moss festivals available around Tokyo.
-Fuji Shibazakura Festival
More cherry blossoms information available here!
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